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Complimentary CLE Program

Lessons Across Borders

Saturday, February 3, 2018 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Vancouver Convention Center

1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver BC, V6C 0C3         

Room 118- West- Level 1


Since President Trump took office, the U.S. immigration system has been jolted with travel bans affecting people of mainly Muslim countries, increased enforcement, a steep reduction in refugee admissions and termination of Temporary Protected Status for individuals from certain countries. The decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program adds an additional layer of chaos and disruption in the lives of a whole generation of young people who call the United States their home. These actions have unleashed an unprecedented anti-immigrant backlash as well as multiple incidents of xenophobia.

On the legislative front, President Trump has supported the RAISE Act, which like the Canadian system, will award points to potential immigrants based on their education, skills and language abilities. To what extent has the Canadian points-based system worked? And even if the U.S. tries to replicate it, the RAISE Act will cut family immigration drastically, unlike Canada that offers many pathways to immigration status.

How desirable is it to skew U.S. immigration policy towards skilled workers and away from protecting refugees and unifying families? Is Canada winning in in the competition for global talent? How do overseas processing and private sponsorship programs affect refugee admissions? Is the Safe Third Country Agreement truly protecting refugees? The panel, comprised of experts on U.S. and Canadian immigration law, will explore these and other intriguing questions in a time of great uncertainty.  


  • Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law of the University of British Columbia
  • Gordon Maynard, Maynard Kischer Stojicevic
  • David Ware, Ware Immigration
  • Andres Pelenur, Borders Law Firm
  • Margaret Stock, Cascadia Cross Border Law
  • Moderator: Cyrus Mehta, ABA Commission on Immigration; Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC

CLE Program Information

This is a complimentary CLE program.

* The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs.  This course is expected  to qualify for 1.5 CLE credit hours in 60 minute states, and 1.8 credit hours in 50 minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit or contact [email protected].

Program Booklet